History of Braxton-Hicks Contractions
John Braxton-Hicks was born in 1923 in Sussex, England. He was
privately educated from the age of twelve and at the age of eighteen,
became apprentice to Dr. Fluder of Lymington. John Braxton-Hicks
was accepted into the Guy’s Medical School at the hospital of
the same name. He received his masters in 1847. And, earned his
M.D. in 1851. Dr. John Braxton-Hicks held a diploma from the Royal
college of Surgeons, the Society of Apothecaries and in 1871,
became the president of the London Obstetrical Society. He was
in private practice with an associate for a few years. Then, was
recruited back to Guy’s Hospital where he accepted a position
as Associate Obstetrician in 1858.
Dr. John Braxton-Hicks did extensive research on the latter stages
of labor. There are considered three stages of labor. There are
the first, second and third trimesters. Dr. John Braxton-Hicks
noticed that many women complained of discomfort around the lower
abdomen and painful contractions as the pregnancy progressed into
the second and third trimesters. These seemed to be labor pains
except that the intensity and frequency did not progress to delivery.
The women’s discomfort seemed to subside with increased exercise,
changing their prone or lying position, and increasing hydration.
Hicks research and has not been found to be of any other origin
to this day. Dr. John Braxton-Hicks enjoyed many honors and became
a fellow of Royal Physicians of London in 1866. He died a well
respected Physician in Lymington, England in 1897.